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Iranian must release student pictured 'dressed as woman'

18 December 2009

Amnesty International has called for the release of an Iranian student leader whose arrest and detention have inspired men to cover their hair in an online solidarity photo campaign.

Lithuania secret prison inquiry must set an example

17 December 2009

The government and President Dalia Grybauskaite have been urged to ensure that next week's report into allegations that the CIA operated a 'black site' in Lithuanian is thorough, independent, and impartial.

Iran executes alleged juvenile offender

17 December 2009

Mosleh Zamani was hanged on Thursday morning, along with four other unidentified prisoners. He was sentenced to death in 2006 for allegedly raping his girlfriend when he was 17.

Sahrawi activist on hunger strike in Lanzarote airport admitted to hospital

17 December 2009

Aminatou Haidar has been on hunger strike since 15 November after she was expelled from Western Sahara by the Moroccan authorities.

Russian NGO awarded Sakharov human rights prize

16 December 2009

Russian human rights organization Memorial received the 2009 Sakharov Prize of Freedom of Thought at a ceremony in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

Allegations of police killings in Guatemala must be investigated

15 December 2009

In a new report, Amnesty International says that killings by police officers, often of young people who have either a criminal record or are suspected of involvement in crime, continue to be reported.

Saudi Arabia must not flog 75-year-old woman

15 December 2009

Khamisa Mohammed Sawadi and two younger men, face up to 40 lashes and imprisonment for being in the company of members of the opposite sex who are not close relatives.

Disappearances treaty edges closer to entering into force

15 December 2009

A landmark treaty on enforced disappearances has moved a step closer to entering into force after being ratified by two more countries.

Honduras must launch full investigation into death of human rights campaigner

15 December 2009

Walter Trochez was shot in the chest by a drive-by gunman on Sunday night while walking home through the centre of Tegucigalpa.

Trial of Kurds in Syria likely to be a 'parody of justice'

15 December 2009

The trial of five men accused of belonging to an unauthorized political party resumes at the Supreme State Security Court this week. The court does not operate in accordance with international standards of fair trial.

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